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How to make a refreshing Christmas-inspired salad

Transform your summer greens into a festive delight with this Christmas-inspired Salad! Bursting with cranberries, pecans, and a tangy balsamic dressing.

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4 cups mixed salad greens (such as spinach, arugula, and romaine)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup sliced cucumber
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced


For the dressing:

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3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste


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Prepare the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined. Set aside.

Toast the Pecans: In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the pecans for 2-3 minutes until fragrant and lightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Assemble the Salad: In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cranberries, pecans, feta cheese, red onion, cucumber, pomegranate arils, and sliced apple.

Dress the Salad: Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat all the ingredients evenly.

Serve: Once the salad is evenly dressed, transfer it to a serving platter or individual plates.

Enjoy: Serve your Christmas-inspired Salad immediately as a refreshing appetizer or side dish at your summer gatherings.

This salad offers a delightful blend of textures and flavors, with the sweetness of the cranberries and apple complementing the tanginess of the balsamic dressing. It’s a perfect way to add a touch of Christmas cheer to your summer meals!